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10.08.2021

Employers, students embrace Penn College Career Fair

10.05.2021

PPG Industries continues long-standing support of students

09.30.2021

Lycoming Engines continues longtime support of students

09.30.2021

Aspen Dental establishes scholarship for dental hygiene students

09.26.2021

Homecoming/Parent & Family Weekend 2021

10.15.2021

Opportunity continues to ‘pop up’ for students, grads

Three employers have scheduled “pop-up” information tables during the coming week, eager to talk careers with Penn College students and alumni.

  • Automated Logic – 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; College Avenue Labs, Room 104 (Interviews to be conducted the following day in Madigan Library, Room 321)
  • Jabil – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21; CAL, Room 140
  • ESS – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21; Hager Lifelong Education Center patio (LEC lobby in case of rain)

For more information, including available positions and majors of particular interest, consult the Career Services flyer: Information tables – Week of Oct. 18

 

Alumni Students
10.15.2021

Practical nursing information session set for Northern Tier

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations.

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host an information session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.

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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
10.14.2021

Penn College names associate director of admissions

Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick has been appointed associate director of admissions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Previously, Cullin-Hetrick had been coordinator of admissions events and communications and an admissions counselor at Penn College. Prior to that, she served as a membership recruiter for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

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Admissions Faculty & Staff
10.14.2021

VW Club adds $2,000 to automotive restoration scholarship

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has again donated funds toward a scholarship for automotive restoration students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

This year’s $2,000 check marks the fifth time that the organization – formed in 1992 and recognized as one of the oldest continually operating VW clubs on the East Coast – has contributed to the scholarship fund since it was established in 2017. Awards from the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club Scholarship fund are meant for full-time students in the automotive restoration major who carry a minimum GPA of 2.5.

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Collision Repair & Restoration Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students
10.14.2021

College’s PA program joins national celebration

Penn College’s physician assistant program concluded its celebration of PA Week on Tuesday. PA Week is a nationwide celebration, promoted by the American Academy of PAs (the national professional society for PAs) and the Physician Assistant Education Association.

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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
10.13.2021

Grant to boost recruitment, outreach efforts for veteran students

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been awarded a $450,000 U.S. Department of Education Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success grant.

Over the next three years, the funds will support the development of new recruitment materials, training opportunities for faculty and staff, the creation of support teams for veteran students, and expanded orientation and outreach programs designed to increase enrollment and retention of Penn College’s veteran student population.

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Faculty & Staff Students
10.13.2021

In-demand careers brought into focus during Rep. Keller’s visit

President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller's right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller’s right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working "boxed lunch" session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working “boxed lunch” session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) returned to Penn College’s main campus on Wednesday, touring a number of instructional areas and moderating a roundtable discussion of workforce development. The congressman was accompanied by state Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-68), among others, for a tour of the impressively equipped Carl Building Technologies, Electrical Technologies, Lycoming Engines Metal Trades and Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies centers – all facilities that help prepare today’s college students for tomorrow’s careers.

Automated Manufacturing & Machining Building Construction Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Students Welding
10.13.2021

A force of nature

Alicia Martinez, an aviation maintenance technology major from Allentown, and Austin W. Clement, of Harrisburg, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration, do some heavy lifting along the nature trail. Clement is part of the Information Security Association at Penn College, one of a number of student organizations whose members signed on for "(community) Service Saturday." Other participants included representatives from Baja SAE, the Emergency Management Club, the Horticulture Technicians’ Association – National Association of Landscape Professionals Student Chapter, the Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineers, the Physician Assistant Club, and United Campus Ministry.
Alicia Martinez, an aviation maintenance technology major from Allentown, and Austin W. Clement, of Harrisburg, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration, do some heavy lifting along the nature trail. Clement is part of the Information Security Association at Penn College, one of a number of student organizations whose members signed on for “(community) Service Saturday.” Other participants included representatives from Baja SAE, the Emergency Management Club, the Horticulture Technicians’ Association – National Association of Landscape Professionals Student Chapter, the Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineers, the Physician Assistant Club, and United Campus Ministry.
The "corduroy road" takes shape.
The “corduroy road” takes shape.
An inspirational rock, placed along the trail
An inspirational rock, placed along the trail
The group gathers on the student-constructed deck leading to the freshly reclaimed and beautified pond.
The group gathers on the student-constructed deck leading to the freshly reclaimed and beautified pond.
As expected when traversing Penn's Woods, not all of the critters are bipeds!
As expected when traversing Penn’s Woods, not all of the critters are bipeds!

Sherry McKinney, secretary to the Office of Student Engagement, and 23 students ventured to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Saturday and met with Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry, to work on a hiking trail rehabilitation project. “(community) Service Saturday” participants were tasked with cutting and clearing brush, leveling the soil and building a corduroy road. Corduroy roads are constructed over low or swampy areas by placing logs perpendicular to the direction of the road, providing a surface to walk on while still allowing water to flow through. “It was a great opportunity for our students to check out the ESC, especially for those who have never had the opportunity to visit,” said Shannon Skaluba, student organization specialist. “We would like to thank Justin Beishline (assistant dean of diesel technology/natural resources) and his team for making this opportunity possible and extend an extra ‘Thank you’ to Dr. Bartholomay for hosting us!
Photos by McKinney

Faculty & Staff Students
10.12.2021

TE Connectivity donates components to various college majors

An engineering manager at TE Connectivity facilitated the donation of electronic components to a number of instructional areas at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May 2004.

William J. “Will” Moyer II, based at the company’s Middletown location, worked with Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations, to put a variety of products into the hands of tomorrow’s industry professionals. Campus beneficiaries include students in electronics, mechatronics, electrical, aviation, automotive, diesel, manufacturing/machining, and at the Dr. Welch Workshop: a Makerspace at Penn College.

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Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining Automotive Aviation College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Electrical Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Makerspace Plastics & Polymer Students
10.11.2021

Cybersecurity expert to speak at Penn College

A learning opportunity for Pennsylvania College of Technology students is being extended to the community when an expert on cybersecurity visits campus.

Jon Matthews, vice president of digital forensics and incident response for CyberMaxx, will address students and the public on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1056 of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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Engineering Technologies Events Information Technology Students
10.11.2021

Industry pros again benefit from Penn College plastics workshop

Eleven registrants from seven companies in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Illinois attended a three-day Plastics Materials, Processing and Testing workshop offered through Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally known Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The summer workshop, one of several that annually draw industry professionals to the college’s main campus, allowed participants to explore the world of polymer science by learning about the five major industrial processes used in plastics manufacturing – extrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and rotational molding – as well as the science behind polymers.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff PIRC Plastics & Polymer
10.10.2021

Penn College tennis teams end fall seasons

Although the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s tennis teams ended their nonconference fall seasons headed in opposite directions – the men won their last five matches and the women lost their final four – coach Jessica Bower saw improvement and bright spots that bode well for the future.

“The men had an exceptional season, going 5-1 in overall match results and 38-16 in individual matches. The men also did well in their first appearance at the King’s College Fall Invitational with two singles and one doubles team going to the semifinals before being rained out,” Bower said.

“The women’s team only won one team match (against six losses) but they were great fighters and their matches were competitive,” Bower continued.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly
10.09.2021

Flood-mitigation site visit follows campus discussion of levee system

The congressman addresses the group
The congressman addresses the group
Concerns are aired and potential solutions are advanced in the PDC.
Concerns are aired and potential solutions are advanced in the PDC.
Col. Estee Pinchasin, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Baltimore District, shares her valuable perspective.
Col. Estee Pinchasin, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Baltimore District, shares her valuable perspective.
Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter boards a River Valley Transit bus – promoting breast-cancer awareness, one of several commemorative buses in the city's fleet – for a levee tour.
Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter boards a River Valley Transit bus – promoting breast-cancer awareness, one of several commemorative buses in the city’s fleet – for a levee tour.
Kevin Ames (left), Williamsport's flood control manager, talks with (from left), Keller, Lycoming County Commissioner Scott Metzger, Slaughter and Commissioner Richard Mirabito.
Kevin Ames (left), Williamsport’s flood control manager, talks with (from left), Keller, Lycoming County Commissioner Scott Metzger, Slaughter and Commissioner Richard Mirabito.

A collaborative path forward for recertification, repair and upgrade of the Williamsport Levee, an integral piece of flood control for the city and surrounding communities, was the focus of a Friday meeting on Penn College’s main campus. U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers convened the meeting in the Thompson Professional Development Center, followed by a tour of the system’s pump stations. Among those taking part were representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; elected city, county and municipal officials; and Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority administrators. Patrick Marty, chief of staff, attended on behalf of the college.

General Information
10.08.2021

Employers, students embrace Penn College Career Fair

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s decision to be one of the few benefited many at its recent in-person Fall Career Fair.

Students and employers alike expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet en masse for the first time since October 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 230 employers and 1,450 students participated in the daylong event, split between the college’s Field House and Bardo Gymnasium.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Patrick Hutt, service supervisor for Siemens, a global technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport and health care. “When you meet someone face to face, you pick up on how they portray themselves, how they react to questions. When doing it virtually, you don’t pick up on that stuff at all, so this is a pleasant experience.”

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Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences Career Services College Relations Engineering Technologies Events Nursing & Health Sciences Students
10.08.2021

Surgical technology program receives continuing accreditation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology program was granted continuing accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the commission found the college’s surgical technology program to be in compliance with all of its accreditation standards and guidelines, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur in 2031. The approval was granted during the commission’s Sept. 17 meeting.

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General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Surgical Technology